About the NCC

Richard Oldfield, Chief Executive

"We are industry's research and development partner. When companies need to make things lighter, stronger, smarter and more sustainable they come to the NCC. With access to 'beyond' state-of-the-art technology and the best composites engineering capabilities in the world, we help our customers solve the most complex engineering challenges of our time."

Our Strategy

Leading collaborative innovation

A world leader in composite technology

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Leading collaborative innovation

To be recognised as a world leader in composite technology, accelerating the development and uptake of digital technologies for composites and growing the market for composites by driving innovation through collaboration and partnerships.


Highly motivated and engaged teams

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To push the boundaries of what's possible in the application of composites, building highly motivated and engaged teams that create an innovative and entrepreneurial culture at the NCC.



Leading in sustainability for composites

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To future-proof the application of composites by exploring novel materials and process capability, enabling industry to make more informed decisions on their application.

Changing markets and products

Making composites a mass market proposition

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Changing markets and products

To offer a wide range of capabilities from teams of specialists to the latest technology, to deliver complete engineering solutions. Improving the adoption and economic impact of the technology developed and delivering customer work to time, cost and the highest quality.

Resilient expansion

Making composites accessible

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Resilient expansion

To ensure composites technology and engineering expertise is accessible to every sector, so they can harness the full potential of composites and in turn, contribute to a sustained c.10% annual growth at the NCC.

Transforming business practices

Responding to the needs of customers

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Transforming business practices

To be agile and responsive to the needs of varied sectors and customers, and always working to the very highest standards of health and safety.

Our Stories

  • NCC granted £355k to help achieve net zero future

    The NCC has been granted £355k by Innovate UK to work with UK SMEs to investigate and validate ways to help achieve a net zero future.
  • NCC partner with Ford Motor Company on award winning project to lightweight Ford Transit van

    A project that will lighten the weight of Ford Transit vans involving the NCC has been awarded the Innovation in Design award at the Composites UK Industry Awards 2020.
  • Unlocking space innovation and growth in the West of England

    The UK Space Agency will provide financial support for a new space hub led by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA). The consortium includes the National Composites Centre (NCC), the Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS) and the Universities of Bristol and Bath, which are engaged in cutting edge research for the space sector including engineering, astronomy, planetary science, and life and health sciences.
  • The High Value Manufacturing Catapult and Made Smarter announce new Smart Factory Innovation Hubs

    The High Value Manufacturing Catapult and Made Smarter, the UK’s manufacturing digitalisation movement, have today announced a new HVM Catapult-led Made Smarter Smart Factory Innovation Hubs pilot.
  • UK initiative launched to advance technology for sustainable and recyclable wind turbine blades

    The NCC has today launched an initiative to accelerate the development of technology, processes and materials that address the recyclability and future development of composite wind turbine blades.

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